|Somewhere in Politics|
|Directed by||John E. Blakeley|
|Produced by||John E. Blakeley|
|Written by||Harry Jackson|
|Starring||Frank Randle |
|Music by||Fred Harries|
|Cinematography||Ernest Palmer |
Ben R. Hart
|Edited by||Dorothy Stimson|
|Distributed by||Mancunian Films (U.K.)|
Somewhere in Politics is a 1949 British comedy film directed by John E. Blakeley and starring Frank Randle, Tessie O'Shea and Josef Locke. It was the fifth film in the Somewhere series of films featuring Randle followed by It's a Grand Life (1953).
Joe Smart (Frank Randle) is a radio repairman who enters the political arena competing in an upcoming election against his own boss. Joe wins the election, but encounters loads of trouble in the process.
- Frank Randle - Joe Smart
- Tessie O'Shea - Daisy Smart
- Josef Locke - Cllr. Willoughby
- Sally Barnes - Marjorie Willoughby
- Syd Harrison - Tony Parker
- Max Harrison - Arthur Parker
- Bunty Meadows - Martha Parker
- Jimmy Clitheroe - Sonny
- Sonny Burke - Reggie Smart
- Anthony Oakley - Howard
- Bernard Graham - Bank Manager
- Effi McIntosh - Mrs. Jones
- Kay Compston - Lady Hazelmere
- Fred Simister - Detective Sergeant
- George Little - Mayor
In contemporary reviews, The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "The provinces will probably enjoy this knockabout comedy, though many Londoners will fail to see the point"; while To-Day's Cinema concluded, "In addition to the untiring inventiveness of the star in grimace and tumble, the escapades are served by the clowning of Tessie as Randle's electioneering wife - she also heaves her 'two-ton' around in abandoned dance - by the singing of sentimental ditty by Josef Locke, and by the lunacies of Syd and Max in song and sally. It is all put over with pace and vigour, and will doubtless register heartily with the legion of Randle fans."
- Richards, Jeffrey. Films and British national identity: from Dickens to Dad's army. Manchester University Press, 1997.